Vape devices will need to be certified as safe for consumers by standards agency Sirim before they can be distributed, the government said.
This is in anticipation of new regulations for licensing, sale and distribution of vape devices and juices, expected in the next two years, it said in a statement.
The Tobacco Controls Act will be amended to allow the Health Ministry to regulate nicotine content in vape juices, while a new law will be tabled to regulate sales and other product standards by the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry.
"The Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry hopes all vape traders will adhere to existing laws and conduct testing for their products with Sirim so they can ensure the products' safety before they are distributed to consumers," it said.
Pending that, nicotine-laced vape juices can only be sold by licensed pharmacists and medical practitioners for medical purposes, according to the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 and Poison Act 1952.
The Health Ministry will also monitor sales, promotion, sponsorship and labeling of nicotine-laced vape juices, which are prohibited for those aged under 18.
The Ministry of Science and Technology will also develop a standard for vape devices, batteries and packaging for the non-nicotine laced vape juices, according to the Malaysian Standards Act 1996.
The Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry will regulate the licensing, manufacturing and sales of all non-nicotine related vape products, including imported products and those made for export, under the new law.
The Health Ministry will continue to study the effects of vaping on health while the Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Ministry will study how to best regulate the industry according to global best practices.
The RM2.8 billion Malaysian vape industry, among the biggest in the world, reported major losses following crackdowns from regulators in the past year.
Hundreds of thousand of ringgits of products were seized in raids while traders had been fined for contravening laws regulating sale of liquid nicotine.
The Johor sultan also decreed that no vape-related businesses can operate in the Southern state.
It is unclear if the Johor government will accede to the federal decision to regulate the industry.
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